Brief History Of The Porn Industry

It’s possible to assume that the beauty of the naked human body has been inspiring people since the dawn of times. It was reflected in the earliest cave drawings. A female with exaggerated breasts is seen in a 25,000-year-old a rock carving on the banks of the Danube River. The legacy of ancient Greeks and Romans describes straight, homosexual, and group sex. In Peru, sex scenes were drawn on pottery. Finally, who hasn’t heard of Kama Sutra, the Indian sex manual?

European Art

Later on, wealthy aristocrats commissioned sexually tinted artworks. During the Renaissance, the Catholic church destroyed I Modi, a book whose engravings depicted sex positions. In the 18th century, Russian Empress Catherine II was said to have an erotic art room with furniture elements resembling penises and vulvas. In the 19th-century, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and other impressionists shocked the public with nude paintings.

The Birth of Pornography

The concept of porn as we know it appeared in the Victorian Era, along with laws prohibiting its sale and publication. Based on The English Obscene Publications Act passed in 1857, police had to seize and destroy such material, and 20 years later, sending of so-called “obscene” items by mail was prohibited in the U.S. The term, however, remained unclear until the UK, and later US courts established the Hicklin test for obscenity defining it as the “tendency … to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences, and into whose hands a publication of this sort may fall.”

Despite the regulation, pornography developed rapidly, and the invention of the moving picture gave it a new tool. Eugène Pirou and Albert Kirchner, porn film pioneers, directed Le coucher de la mariée in 1896 showing a newlywed woman undressing for her husband. Subsequently, the wave of pornographic films, which were distributed privately, spread to the US and France.

Legalization

In 1969, Denmark became the first country to eliminate censorship laws, which ushered in the Golden Age of Pornography, with erotic films entering the mainstream. In Blue Movie, Andy Warhol boldly showed the unsimulated sex of a straight couple. His work was followed by The Last Tango in Paris, Mona, Deep Throat, and The Devil and Mrs. Jones, which were reviewed in mainstream publications. Next, the hippies emerged, and government regulations were relaxed further.

The Internet

In the 1990s, the internet revolutionized pornography, making it easily accessible online. From then on, pornography has been a business and an extremely lucrative one. According to some estimates, as much as half of all Internet content today is porn-related. New tech devices are continuously transforming pornography. Nowadays porn has spread to video games, and the content can be viewed on all kinds of mobile devices. New videos are filmed and uploaded every day. Finally, with the adoption of VR, porn has essentially become interactive.